Rainer's Review of Wreck-it Ralph
The Who Framed Roger Rabbit of video game nostalgia.
Respect Disney. After ruining Pixar's good record you made yourself the frontrunner for best animated film of the year.
Wreck-it Ralph is not only one of the best animated films of the year (and by far the best animated film of the year that I've seen) but also one of the funniest.
Not that I understood all the remarks and hints to arcade classics and other video game stuff, but I knew enough of the characters that I was swept into a state of pleasant nostalgia and the dialogue and puns were also pretty hilarious.
Although, I must admit I've seen films with better plots, Ralph convinces with plenty of eye candy and likable and sweet characters. Ralph, Felix, Calhoun and Vanellope are all good fun and fit their games really well. Even better are the "guest appearances" of the well-known characters like Pacman, Bowser, Zangief, M. Bison amongst others.
Moreover, even funnier than these appearances are the way the filmmakers implemented video game specific behaviour and representation. The Nicelanders in the Fix-It Felix game for example all move and act like in the game for example, and when Ralph smashes the cake at a party, the stains show up pixelated. It's this kind of detail that only older movie-goers will enjoy while the kiddies laugh at the mishaps of the hulky Ralph or the tricks of Vanellope.
Wreck-it Ralph was surprisingly pleasant movie experience, and a wholesome one. Both a visual treat and a test for your smile muscle.